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Do, which introduced him to Zen thought and action, a discipline that has stuck with him throughout life.

In Thailand, Fitch wrote two books the were never formally published but that later circulated in the Pagan community and became "underground classics": The Grimoire of the Shadows, a book of magical training techniques, and The Outer Court Book of Shadows, which reconstructs the magical and seasonal rituals of ancient Crete, Greece and Druidic Europe (see also book of shadows). Material from these books continues to be in new traditions and rituals, sometimes being labeled as an "ancient Celtic tradition from Ireland and Scotland."

After Thailand, Fitch was reassigned to North Dakota to work on the redesign of Minuteman rockets. During this time he became part of a informal group that created the Pagan Way. Fitch composed introductory and background materials and public rituals and was instrumental in the forming of the first Pagan Way grove, in Chicago.

The Air Force sent Fitch next to southern California. He left the military as a captain and obtained a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. He went to work for a major aerospace firm as a research and development engineer.

In the growing Pagan movement, Fitch helped to organize and chair two Pagan Ecumenical Councils, which established the Covenant of THE GoDDEss as an international umbrella organization for Pagans in 1975. Fitch also published for a time The Crystal Well, a magazine of neo-romantic Paganism, which resulted in a published book, Magical Rites from the Crystal Well (1984).

In the 1980s Fitch remained active as a Gardnerian high priest and became involved in Odinism, a form of Norse Paganism that stresses conservative, family-oriented values. Fitch's other books are Castle of Deception: A Novel of Sorcery and Swords and Other-worldly Matters, with Seven Short Essays on the Reality of Matters Supernatural (1983), The Rites of Odin (1990), and A Grimoire of Shadows: Witchcraft, Paganism & Magic (1996).

During the 1990s, Fitch held various jobs as a private detective, Disneyland shopkeeper and editor of a small publisher. He moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1997, he returned to southern California to work in the aerospace industry again.

Fitch turned his creative efforts to the dark Goddess, sHAMANisM, dance magick and Goth and to television and film projects.

fivefold kiss A ritual kissing of five parts of the body, done in certain rites and ceremonies, such as HANDFAsT-ING, in some traditions of contemporary Witchcraft. It is done within a MAGIC CIRCLE and is symbolic of the homage paid by the God and the GoDDEss to each other. The fivefold kiss can be done man to woman or woman to man. The kisses may be given on the parts of the body which, with arms and legs outstretched, correspond to points of a pentacle: head, arms or hands; legs or feet. Or, eight kisses may be given in five body points: on each foot; on each knee; above the pubic hair; on each breast; on the lips. Each kiss is accompanied by a blessing, such as the following:

Blessed be thy feet that have brought thee in these ways; blessed be thy knees that shall kneel at the sacred altar; blessed be thy womb [phallus], without which we should not be; blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty [strength]; blessed be thy lips that shall utter sacred names.

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